Electricity and electric appliances and devices are constant, ever-present companions in our daily lives.
Wherever electricity is used, it’s accompanied by electric and magnetic fields (EMF). EMF is a natural and unavoidable occurrence in the transmission, distribution and use of electricity. The fields are invisible lines of force that exist when electricity flows through a conductor such as house wiring, electric transmission and distribution lines, appliances and motors.
The Electric and Magnetic Fields brochure provides general background information about the subject, answers to questions you may have about EMF and lists additional online resources for more information.
For a number of years, there has been public concern over the possible impacts of EMF on human health. Some studies have suggested a statistical association between EMF and certain diseases, while other studies have failed to show this relationship. Ongoing research into EMF has detected no cause-and-effect relationship between EMF and disease. While EMF can produce biological effects, it is still unclear whether these effects are of any consequence to human health.
It is important to note that in 1997 the National Academy of Sciences stated that after 17 years of research encompassing more than 500 studies, there is no conclusive evidence that electromagnetic fields play a role in the development of cancer, reproductive and developmental abnormalities, or learning and behavioral problems.
In 1999 the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences concluded that the evidence of a risk of cancer and other human disease from the electric and magnetic fields around power lines is “weak.” Although such findings alleviate concerns over health threats from EMF, research continues.
Idaho Power and EMF
Idaho Power is committed to addressing EMF concerns among our customers. We continue to monitor scientific and regulatory developments surrounding the EMF issue. Through our membership in the Edison Electric Institute, and other sources, we continue to obtain information on EMF studies.
Idaho Power works hard to stay informed about EMF-related developments. We maintain a collection of publications relevant to EMF research, legislation and related issues. This information is accessible to Idaho Power’s customers, employees and other interested parties wishing to review it. The materials are located within the Corporate Library, 1221 W. Idaho St., Boise.
Idaho Power will take measurements of magnetic field levels at customers’ homes and businesses upon their request. Idaho Power provides this service to assist customers in gaining specific information on EMF. For those customers with concerns specific to Idaho Power facilities, company representatives will communicate directly with the customer and provide requested on-site measurements of the EMF levels associated with the facilities.